Know Before You Go

Tegucigalpa, Honduras and Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Only 30 miles from the United States border sits the thriving seaport of Vancouver, British Columbia. Canada's most densely populated city is known for its beautiful surroundings and thriving urban life. However, it shares a comparable to many urban areas of the United States. Like many American cities, property crime is a significant threat within the city and is often related to incidents of habitual drug use. Most crimes in the city are non-violent in nature and include thefts from auto, shoplifting, and tourist related incidents. Travelers to Vancouver should always be cautious when traveling about the city and take similar safety steps to those practices in larger American cities.

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Situated in the southern-central highland region of Honduras is the countries capital, Tegucigalpa. The city, surrounded by tree-covered hills, is the country's largest and most populous municipality. While the city does boast a mild, pleasant climate and several historical attractions, it also ranks as one of the most dangerous cities in the world. The city suffers from alarmingly high crime rates that are compounded by a lack of government resources to adequately investigate and prosecute criminals. Travelers visiting this city should be aware that, in addition to lofty homicide rates, kidnapping and extortion are common. Transnational criminal organizations operate throughout the country engaging in narcotics trafficking and other illicit activities. Additionally, petty "snatch-and-grab" thefts happen frequently in the city often by thieves on motorbikes. Travelers Tegucigalpa should exercise extreme caution and be vigilant at all times when in public and take significant steps to avoid becoming the victim of a crime.

Pre-Travel Checklist

☐ Register for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) through the US Department of State
☐ Make copies of your passport and other important travel documents
☐ Notify banks and credit card companies of your travel plans
☐ Enroll in HTH Worldwide health insurance

In Country Safety Tips

  • Always travel in groups of two or more.
  • Never display cash or valuables.
  • Avoid travel at night or to isolated areas of the city.
  • Always keep windows up and doors locked when traveling in vehicles.
  • Exercise extreme caution when discussing travel plans in public.
  • Always know what you are doing and where you are going, even if you have to fake it.

FAQ: What should I do in the case of a medical emergency?

Who should I contact in case of an emergency?

In case of a medical emergency, make your way to the nearest medical facility and call HTH's 24/7 call center at +001 (610) 254-8771. If you are the victim of a crime, contact the local authorities using 911 (applicable in both locations). For students traveling to Tegucigalpa, you might also want to contact the US Embassy depending on the severity of the crime. In all emergency cases, contact Penn State University Police Services at +001 (814)863-1111, and be sure you update your advisor or host organization of the situation.

Chad Harmon- International Risk Analyst Candidate

University Office of Global Programs

Directorate of Student Engagement and Operations

Penn State University